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Slayer leave American Recordings, sign to Nuclear Blast, release first new song five years (listen)
Apr 24, 2014 10:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Doug Moore

Slayer at MSG Theater, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Awards were last night. I'm not typically one for awards shows, but this one was notable for a surprise (read: tweeted about several hours in advance) live appearance by thrash metal legends Slayer, who are down to two original members following the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. In true post-2000 Slayer fashion, the Golden Gods appearance was timed to coincide with a business announcement -- the band have ended their relationship with Rick Rubin's American Recordings (which goes all the way back to the Reign In Blood days) and signed to a worldwide deal with long-running German label Nuclear Blast where they'll have their own imprint.

The band also announced a tentative early-2015 release date for their upcoming, still-untitled 12th album. They both debuted a song from it, "Implode," live at Golden Gods last night and posted a studio version on their website as a free download. It's their first new studio cut in five years and you can stream it below.

"Implode" pretty much picks up where Slayer left off before the lineup shuffle of the past few years -- which sounds better on paper than it does in practice. The groove section that opens the song aims for 'tense,' but predictably misses and ends up with 'goofy' instea...

Watch Neil Young Cover Bert Janschs Needle Of Death In Jack Whites Voice-O-Graph Booth
Apr 24, 2014 10:03am | StereoGum

Last week Neil Young released the vinyl-only A Letter Home, a collection of covers recorded in single takes on acoustic guitar in Jack White’s Voice-O-Graph booth at Third Man Records. About the size of a phone booth, the machine records you to vinyl as you play, which is exactly what Young did, giving the album a unique vintage quality. It became a surprise release on Record Store Day via Third Man, but now Reprise will issue a deluxe version of the album, which contains a CD, standard LP, “audiophile” LP, seven 6″ vinyl singles, picture book, and a DVD of videos of Young recording the various covers, which include songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Below you can watch a video of Young playing Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death.”


Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to score television show about The Manhattan Project
Apr 24, 2014 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Jeremy Larson

Following his cameo on Game of Thrones, it seems as if Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has been bit by the TV bug. As Billboard points out, the Icelandic singer has joined forces with his partner Alex Somers to score the upcoming WGN show Manhattan. Yes, WGN airs stuff other than Cubs baseball.

Set to premiere in July, Manhattan tells the story of the 1940s’ Manhattan Project,  America’s race to build the first atomic bombs at the Los Alamos labs in New Mexico. It’s further described as following “the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.”

The show is being executive-produced by Sam Shaw (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) and directed by West Wing veteran Thomas Schlamme. It stars John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C), Olivia Williams (An Education), and Daniel Stern (a.k.a. Marv from the Home Alone series).

The project marks Jónsi’s first foray in television score. He previously scored 2011′s film We Bought a Zoo, which Somers also co-roduced. The two have performed together as Jónsi & Alex since 2003 and even released an album together, 2009′s instrumenta...

American Football Webster Hall tickets on BrooklynVegan presale (password HERE)
Apr 24, 2014 9:57am | Brooklyn Vegan

As previously mentioned, American Football are reuniting this year and have announced two shows, including Pygmalion Festival and NYC's Webster Hall on October 11.

Tickets for the NYC show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (4/24) at noon. PASSWORD: "NEVERMEANT". Good luck!

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Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?
Apr 24, 2014 9:56am | StereoGum

Britpop luminaries such as Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker have been in the public eye a lot in recent years, either for reuniting their classic bands or pursuing new projects or both. But what about all the Britpop stars who aren’t consistently making headlines anymore in the States? What have those people been up to lately? It’s Britpop Week so let’s explore.

RZA gives Raekwon 30 days to re-join Wu-Tang Clan or else new album may not be released
Apr 24, 2014 9:50am | NME
Fractions within hip-hop group could delay release of 'A Better Tomorrow'

CMJ Charts April 22, 2014: Black Angels Top Debut
Apr 24, 2014 9:45am | CMJ
1 1 MAC DEMARCO Salad Days Captured Tracks
2 4 CLOUD NOTHINGS Here And Nowhere Else Carpark-Mom And Pop
3 2 REAL ESTATE Atlas Domino
4 3 WAR ON DRUGS  Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian
5 7 LIARS Mess Mute
6 5 ST. VINCENT St. Vincent Loma Vista
7 60

Walter Schreifels going on short Northeast solo tour (dates)
Apr 24, 2014 9:44am | Brooklyn Vegan

Walter at 2013 Rock Lottery (more by Greg Cristman)

Post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels has been pretty busy lately, having played reunion shows with Quicksand and Gorilla Biscuits in the past few years, and keeping his solo project alive too. He'll hit the road solo again soon for a brief Northeast run this May. Those dates include a NYC stop on May 20 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Revisit the past with a video of Gorilla Biscuits' first CBGB show from 1986, with the list of Walter's upcoming dates, below...

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Shaky Knees Music Fest happens in Atlanta in May (schedule & updated lineup including the Replacements)
Apr 24, 2014 9:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.

Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.

Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.

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Tobacco explores a creepy massage parlour in NSFW Streaker music video
Apr 24, 2014 9:37am | Chart Attack

Tobacco - the solo project of Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Thomas Fec - made its own place in the beat scene with a hellish gargle of hip-hop that no one could touch or imitate for fear of losing a finger, or some sanity. With the world now dominated with brutal, banging music, on "Streaker," Tobacco's watching the throne he cast for himself in 2008. It's bigger, more urgent, and less humourless, and Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric) seeks to match it with his story of a freaky family-run massage parlour. The Devils Rejects meets Jacob's Ladder body horror and this scene from Blue Velvet, all wrapped up neatly in a late night local TV package.

Tobacco's Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly; pre-order it here.

Tobacco explores a creepy massage parlour in NSFW “Streaker” music video by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

John Frusciante is playing guitar on Duran Durans new album
Apr 24, 2014 9:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist John Frusciante has had a lot on his plate as of late: releasing his latest solo album Enclosure; teaming up with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez to form Kimono Kult; reissuing his Brown Bunny soundtrack; and even venturing into space. Now, there’s one more project to boast: working with Duran Duran on their latest LP.

In a post on their official website, D&D confirmed rumors that surfaced on the web yesterday. “We were holding this exciting news because we were hoping to give you full details when we announced,” the band wrote, “but as word has leaked out, catching us rather off guard, we wanted to confirm.” According to publications that covered the initial rumors, Frusciante confirmed the collaboration himself in an as-yet-unreleased interview with Japanese Guitar Magazine.

While the band is holed up in an undisclosed location writing and recording, Frusciante has been “doing some work from his home base in California on our new album,” Duran Duran explained. “The tracks have been going back and forth via the internet, and we are thrilled with the results. We are all such big fans of Johns work and are honoured to have him adding his magic to the record!” So, could this mean Frusciante joins the band on tour at some point? “There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the trac...

Ben Frost Nolan
Apr 24, 2014 9:30am | StereoGum

About a month from now, noise artist Ben Frost will put out his new album, A U R O R A, and it’s an absolute monster. We’ve already heard the first single, “Venter,” a track that slowly built pressure like a dormant volcano before exploding more than four minutes in. The newest song, “Nolan,” waits exactly one second before letting loose a storm of screaming synths and crushing, heavy drums courtesy of ex-Liturgy/current Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox and Swans percussionist Thor Harris. The song winds itself tighter and tighter around its complex, looping rhythm before a bright melody fights through at the halfway point. It’s the musical equivalent of being lost in a blizzard, but Frost’s dense, muscular production makes that one hell of an adventure. Listen to it below.


Morrissey calls on people of Canada to 'speak up and stop the carnage' of seal hunts
Apr 24, 2014 9:30am | NME
The singer becomes further embroiled in row over his claims that the practice is "barbaric"

The Jazz June Over Underground
Apr 24, 2014 9:26am | StereoGum

The Jazz June is among the more unsung emo heroes of yesteryear. The Pennsylvania combo doesn’t have the same name recognition as fellow reunited emo bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Owls, American Football, or Braid, but judging from Evan Weiss’ enthusiasm when he told me he was producing the Jazz June’s upcoming album during this interview, they seem to qualify as your favorite emo band’s favorite emo band. Thing is, “Over Underground,” their contribution to a split 7-inch with Dikembe and the first song they’ve released in 12 years, doesn’t sound much like anyone’s conception of emo. It’s more in the classic indie rock vein a la Built To Spill and Archers Of Loaf. So this is something you’ll want to hear whether you’re a Jazz June fan or just an aficionado of fine ’90s-style guitar music, and you can do that below.


The Jazz June streaming first new song in 12 years (listen)
Apr 24, 2014 9:25am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

The Jazz June at Saint Vitus in 2013 (via)

'90s Emo Reunion Month does not end. We've already heard about a potential Mineral reunion and a definite American Football reunion, plus got a new Sunny Day Real Estate release all in under a week. Now, another veteran band The Jazz June are streaming "Over Underground," their first new song in 12 years, which comes out on the previously announced split with Dikembe July 1 via Tiny Engines/Topshelf. It's a solid song for a band that's been gone for over a decade (or just in general), but doesn't sound like they're just "picking up where they left off" either. That's a good sign, since The Jazz June have an Evan Weiss-produced album coming out later this year too.

Check it out below...

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